Domus Romana
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The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, educa
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  • RuthDatalogics
    West Dundee, Illinois51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Glimpse into the Past
    It was a privilege to visit this reconstructed villa IN SITU here in Rabat just outside Mdina (5 minute walk) and well worth an hour and a half of your time. Having seen the traveling Pompei exhibit twice this year, it was wonderful to gain new insights from the mosaics, floor plans, household objects, and sculptures here. These include life size statues of emperor Claudius and his family, columns, decorate trim that allowed dating and connecting this site to other place in the Roman Empire. Everything is so well preserved and presented.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Ronald R
    Stromness, United Kingdom309 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Mosaics, nice little museum built around them
    Another Heritage Malta site that we used our Malta discount card for half price admission. The main centrepiece Roman mosaic is one of the best we have seen rivalling some of the best we saw in Italy. The museum gives good info on Roman houses and the creation and styles of various mosaics, quite informative. There is also a small but good selection of statues found of the Claudius family, Antonia's one especially. The is also a veranda out the back overlooking other parts of the site. An hour would be on average needed for visit. Nice to visit in Rabat but the are other main attractions to take you here.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • richard g
    53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If in Rabat - go!
    Some well preserved mosaics and statues. Nice museum. Parking nearby but not on site . Great to combine with Mdina amd Rabat catacombs but check opening times in winter. Good info on Roman homes. Visit lasted 30 minutes as small. Sicily has so much more if u love Roman stuff
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Nick P
    Yeovil, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but impressive museum
    Have walked past this museum many times, but decided to visit this time. A small museum that can be completed in a couple of hours but the information inside is very impressive. My wife uses a wheel chair and she was able to move around the whole site without any issues. The lift easily helping her to get to the lower level. Very happy with the visit
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Jules060617
    Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A rich Roman villa is the basis for this fairly small but very interesting museum
    The Island of Malta was governed by Carthage until the Second Punic War. Rome invaded and secured the island in 218 BC. A rich aristocrat built a house just outside Medina during the first century BC. This forms the basis for this museum. The collection is not very big, but it includes quality objects, such as tiles and mosaic, and it is very well presented and explained. As there are few other Roman treasures to be found in Malta (the Gozo Archeological Museum has some finds), this is well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
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Brian
Holt, UK316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Domus Romana is a Noble Roman House situated within the Roman City of Melite on the boundary of modern day Rabat and Mdina. It was discovered in 1881 and contains some very well preserved mosaic floors, statues and other artifacts. The current museum was built on the site to preserve the exquisite Mosaic floors. Another Maltese gem well worth visiting.
Written June 26, 2022
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RuthDatalogics
West Dundee, IL51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It was a privilege to visit this reconstructed villa IN SITU here in Rabat just outside Mdina (5 minute walk) and well worth an hour and a half of your time. Having seen the traveling Pompei exhibit twice this year, it was wonderful to gain new insights from the mosaics, floor plans, household objects, and sculptures here. These include life size statues of emperor Claudius and his family, columns, decorate trim that allowed dating and connecting this site to other place in the Roman Empire. Everything is so well preserved and presented.
Written November 10, 2023
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Barry D
Erie, PA234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is an interesting museum with wonderful Roman mosaics and artifacts. The explanations accompanying the exhibits are concise and informative. The building was built as the first real museum in Malta, and is modeled after what the Domus would have looked like. The site is accessible and the staff is very helpful.
Written July 6, 2022
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Ronald R
Stromness, UK309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Another Heritage Malta site that we used our Malta discount card for half price admission. The main centrepiece Roman mosaic is one of the best we have seen rivalling some of the best we saw in Italy. The museum gives good info on Roman houses and the creation and styles of various mosaics, quite informative. There is also a small but good selection of statues found of the Claudius family, Antonia's one especially. The is also a veranda out the back overlooking other parts of the site. An hour would be on average needed for visit. Nice to visit in Rabat but the are other main attractions to take you here.
Written November 19, 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Romans conquered Malta in 218 BC [as part of the Second Punic War] and stayed for over 700 years. The ruins of this home were found in the 19th c during road work. The focus of the museum is more Roman social history than the house itself. A floor in the atrium with the doves of Soso is the best artifact.
Written April 12, 2023
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Nick P
Yeovil, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Have walked past this museum many times, but decided to visit this time. A small museum that can be completed in a couple of hours but the information inside is very impressive. My wife uses a wheel chair and she was able to move around the whole site without any issues. The lift easily helping her to get to the lower level. Very happy with the visit
Written March 20, 2024
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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Worth getting a multi pass which lasts 30 days. A small site with an intimate number of exhibits which are well presented. accessible with a lift and helpful staff. Educational and interesting but need not take long.
Written March 28, 2022
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Ioanna C
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
It’s beautiful on the outside and for fans of Roman Empire a musts see, but I was hoping for a place to sit down for a minute and look at something beautiful. This has a distinct museum feel.

The house was smaller than I expected and pretty soon I was out. The central 3d effect mosaic is beautiful indeed. Other pieces are rather small and placed in glass displays. There are informational prints on the walls. It’s a succinct theory of romans in Malta and Roman technologies of mosaics, decorations and such. From the statues, Antonia looks perfect, Claudius has a smashed face and others are just damaged trunks. There is an outside porch overlooking the underground ruins of other rooms but with no place to sit and no path to walk it’s a pretty quick look.
Written March 14, 2023
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Island of Malta was governed by Carthage until the Second Punic War. Rome invaded and secured the island in 218 BC. A rich aristocrat built a house just outside Medina during the first century BC. This forms the basis for this museum. The collection is not very big, but it includes quality objects, such as tiles and mosaic, and it is very well presented and explained. As there are few other Roman treasures to be found in Malta (the Gozo Archeological Museum has some finds), this is well worth a visit.
Written April 17, 2024
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magwii
Sandwich, UK3,038 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a very well documented Roman villa overflowing with interesting facts about Malta and the Roman Empire. There are also beautiful mosaics and artifacts and loads of information. It truly is well worth a visit.
Written February 20, 2020
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